2016年9月27日 星期二

jack-in-the-box, napalm, incendiary, Puranas, coulrophobic

Here's an essay I wrote recently condemning the incendiary speeches of Republican presidential candidates. I'd be interested in your thoughts.

 So, Jack-in-the-box was variously a religious insult, a swindler, the Devil and an incendiary device - clearly a character not to be meddled with. Even non-coulrophobic children might do well to be wary of Jack. He may not have been real but, as a bogeyman, he had some impressive credentials.

On Dec. 29, 1940, during World War II, Germany began dropping incendiary bombs on London.

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒakɪnðəbɒks/ 


A toy consisting of a box containing a figure on a spring which pops up when the lid is opened他給我的洋玩意兒,確也是我家裡沒有的。例如揭開盒蓋就跳出來的“玩偶盒”(jack-in-the-box);一木盒鐵制的水禽,還有一隻小輪船,外加一個馬蹄形的吸鐵石,玩時端一面盆水,把鐵制的玩物浮在水上,用吸鐵石一指,滿盆的禽鳥和船都連成一串,聽我指揮。這些玩意兒都留在家裡給弟妹們玩,就玩沒了。


  • レベル:社会人必須
  • 発音記号[inséndièri | -diəri]

1 火をつけるのに用いる[適した]
an incendiary bomb [shell]
an incendiary device
2 扇動的な, 教唆的な, 刺激的な, 扇情的な.
3 放火の.
1 焼夷弾.
2 扇動者, 教唆者.
3 放火者[犯人](arsonist).

This picture of nine-year-old Phan Thi Kim Phuc - a young girl, running naked and terrified down the road after a napalm attack - became one of the most iconic images of the Vietnam War. (Credit: AP)
to napalm people who were resisting US....

First came the removal of the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph by Nick Ut of a girl fleeing napalm in Vietnam, posted on the page of a Norwegian journalist. 

n. a highly flammable sticky jelly used in incendiary bombs and flamethrowers, consisting of gasoline thickened with special soaps.
attack with bombs containing napalm.
Etymology: 1940s: from na (phthenic) and palm(itic acid).
See the Introduction, Abbreviations and Pronunciation for further details.
  • [néipɑːm]
a napalm bomb
[naphthaleneとpalmitic acid]

凝固汽油彈英語napalm)是幾種武器用途的可燃液體之總稱,大多以膠狀汽油為主成份。準確地說,「napalm」一詞字面上指的是凝固汽油彈中用來與汽油混合以產生膠質燃劑的黏稠劑成份。此詞是由它的研發者─路易·菲塞(Louis Frederick Fieser)所領導的哈佛大學化學家團隊所命名,是naphthene(環烷烴)的鋁鹽palmitic acid(棕櫚酸)的混成詞,製造凝固汽油彈時會將這兩種成份加入可燃物質使其膠質化[1]1940s: from na(phthenic) and palm(itic acid).
Napalm is a flammable liquid used in warfare. It is a mixture of a gelling agent, and either petroleum or a similar fuel. It was initially used as an incendiary device against buildings and later primarily as an anti-personnel weapon, as it sticks to skin and causes severe burns when on fire.

Napalm - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



The Goddess Ambika or Durga Leading the Eight Matrikas in Battle Against the Demon Raktabija, Folio from Devi Mahatmya, Markandeya Purana.
 The Puranas (Sanskrit: पुराण purāṇa, "of ancient times") are a genre of important Hindu, Jain and Buddhist religious texts, notably consisting of narratives of the history of the universe from creation to destruction, genealogies of kings, heroes, sages, and demigods, and descriptions of Hindu cosmology, philosophy, and geography.[1]
Puranas usually give prominence to a particular deity, employing an abundance of religious and philosophical concepts. They are usually written in the form of stories related by one person to another. The Puranas are available in vernacular translations and are disseminated by Brahmin scholars, who read from them and tell their stories, usually in Katha sessions (in which a traveling Brahmin settles for a few weeks in a temple and narrates parts of a Purana, usually with a Bhakti perspective).[citation needed]

Coulrophobia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coulrophobia - Cached
Coulrophobia is a fear of clowns. The term is of recent origin, probably dating from the 1980s, and according to one analyst, "has been coined more on the ...